Boston University School of Law

The ideological Stakes of Eliminating Life Tenure

29 Harv. J. L. & Pubic Policy 880 (2006)
Boston University School of Law Working Paper 06-50, Posted April 30, 2012

Ward Farnsworth


Of the various arguments made for the elimination of life tenure for Supreme Court Justices, some are non-ideological in character; others are "zero-sum" and depend on politics.  This article discusses arguments of the the second type.  It considers which arguments on the subject are rightly considered political, and whether they are well-founded on their terms.  The article is a sequel to an earlier one, The Regulation of Turnover on the Supreme Court.

Keywords:  Supreme Court, life tenure

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